We keep saying that 2022 is the Year of the Turtle — with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge and The Cowabunga Collection releasing this past summer. But it looks like Nickelodeon and Paramount want to keep the celebrations going in 2023, as the studios are reportedly planning a brand new TMNT game.
Reported on by NickALive! (via ResetEra and TheGamer), a choice quote has been spotted in the September 2022 edition of Toy World Magazine. On page 170, under the 'Paramount Consumer Products & Experiences' section, the very last line says that Paramount, who is the parent company of Nickelodeon, "will launch a brand-new original Triple-A game in 2023" based on the Heroes in Half Shells. Rad!
That's all we know so far! We don't even know what genre, what platforms, or even what look the game will have. The Turtles have traditionally starred in beat 'em ups, but this may be a chance for them to branch out. We won't know anything until an official announcement, so keep your ears close to the sewers.
Regardless of the lack of a proper, official announcement, a new Turtles game in 2023 does make a lot of sense! Next year, we're getting a brand new animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Mutant Mayhem, produced by Seth Rogan and directed by Gravity Falls writer and The Mitchells vs. the Machines co-director Jeff Rowe.
Are you excited for a potential new Turtles game in 2023? Grab a slice of pizza and let us know in the comments!
[source nickalive.net, via thegamer.com]
Feels like they're running into a bit of a risk of oversaturating the market, between Shredder's Revenge, the Cowabunga Collection, this, and the series' particular prominence in Nickelodeon All-Stars, but so long as people keep enjoying them and they keep selling no harm no foul I guess.
TURTLEMANIA BABY, THE 90'S NEVER LEFT.
As for a prediction on what it could be, it'd be pretty cool to try a fighting game again when they haven't done one in so long. If the Power Rangers one can be great, what's stopping a series with even more video game momentum?
Calling it: A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Musou game!
I’m very skeptical. Shredder’s Revenge was a labor of love and the Cowabunga Collection contains tried and true classics. Will this stack up?
@BoilerBroJoe We'd definitely play that (als long as it doesn't have the horrible Age of Calamity frame rate that makes it unplayable)
"will launch a brand-new original Triple-A game in 2023", red flags raised!
I’m always happy to hear more from the turtles. I’d really like to see some more brought to shredders revenge. New stages and a few new characters. A strictly turtles smash bros style game would be a lot of fun to me.
Initial thoughts: Ooh, exciting!
>> Ok no thanks
Just as long as it's not another Beat 'Em Up. inb4 new Fighting Game with characters from all over the franchise.
An actually good game in the style of the Batman Arkham games, with the art style of the 2012 animated series would be welcome.
And make it so that there is a strategy/gameplay difference between the different Turtles.
Open map TMNT — similar to GTA/Lego City Undercover.
You patrol The Big Apple and go on various missions to fight crime. Your home base is in the sewers, accessible from any manhole, which also lets you jump between locations. Co-op with up to 4 players, one for each turtle. You can learn new skills at various points from Master Splinter which allow you to explore the map even further. Side missions include collectable scavenger hunts and pizza deliveries — much to their chagrin, but turtles still need money to buy their own pizza and upgrade the Party Wagon (Turtle Van)!
An overarching storyline emerges in an early mission when you get word that Shredder and Krang have plans to open an interdimensional portal. It's the job of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to make sure that doesn't happen.
just don't have them be those stupid 80s turtles again
we have seen enough of them
give the other shows a shot for once
2003, 2012, Rise
(btw anyone who says Rise is bad, has not seen the show or the movie)
@Aventurier Yeah, I was trying to think of how a 3D brawler may work well and then suddenly realized a TMNT Musou game is something I would really want. It's perfect for the big cast of characters as well.
@BoilerBroJoe have wanted this for a while. the only problem is with the keeps/outposts. while shredder/krang/other has plenty of minions(foot/krang/mousers) to choose from, who do the turtles have? lots of playable allies, but who is their army of underlings.
Dude, I could be gaming
@silverninja That's true. I guess I kind of imagined it as being just the hero characters versus an opposing army, since I never really felt that the allied soldiers did much. Admittedly, my only musou experience is Hyrule Warriors. But I think it would still work with a few playable hero characters per mission.
@DragotheKomodo 2000 has 3 on the gamecube that need to come back, 2012 had 1 on wii(was fun), rise...started ok, got good towards the end, & the movie is excellent and hope the series continues from there.
@silverninja And if it's absolutely necessary, you could always just invent an army of "good" ninjas, perhaps former followers of Hamato Yoshi, depending on the mythos you're going with,.
I'm kinda looking forward to a game based on the IDW comics. Maybe a Metroidvania-style game or something like the original NES game would be cool to have. Throw in Jennika, Venus, Alopex, and the others, and you could have a winner.
@BoilerBroJoe that could work. never even thought about Yoshi's version. I've only played both Hyrules and Fire Emblem versions. with FE the no names help a little but the main allies can surprisingly fight really good.
@Lizuka I think you might be right, although if it's a 3D game it would be different enough to potentially avoid that?
So long as it's based on the original - early 00's Turtles. As neat as the long running Nick show was, it's not Turtles, and Rise of certainly isn't. The GCN titles don't get a lot of love for whatever reason but that era was great.
They should grab that fan based game TMNT Rescue Palooza and make that an official release with some clean up and improvements.
@DragotheKomodo Rise is terrible in every aspect, and this is coming from someone who was directly tied to the project in a very limited capacity before it launched. The 80s and 00s were the absolute best Turtles, with the older Nick series being close.
@silverninja I’m sure they could solve that problem in some creative way. Maybe Donatello has managed to reprogram lots of robots like Mousers and the ones with electric whips? Or maybe lots of Neutronos from Dimension X have come to help or something.
Personally, I hope it's based off of the original cartoon from the 1980s, not one of these new ones from Nickelodeon. God forbid it be based off of the Michael Bay movies.
Although, I would settle for one based off of the cartoon from the early 2000s, or even the original live-action movies (and possibly the live-action TV series from around the same time).
@RobynAlecksys well sorry, but i find Rise the best incarnation
they are hilarious
fight scenes are stunning
they change up the formula, which is very appreciated
they have the strongest family of any incarnation (also Spinter's backstory is by far the saddest)
and the new villains are creative & the returning one are far more intimidating then ever before
Look, I bought both Shredder's Revenge and the Cowabunga Collection, and I love the TMNT games overall. And yes, I would consider a new TMNT game next year if it looks good. But it seems we've come to a point where certain once prolific videogame developers are circling the wagons around specific franchises to an overt degree. Konami used to be known for outstanding games across a wide variety of genres, from Castlevania and Contra (side-scrolling action) to Gradius and Axelay (shmups) to Suikoden and Vandal Hearts (RPGs and SRPGs). TMNT (and later Metal Gear, of course) may have been their most popular IP, but none of those games/franchises were slouches in the quality department, either. And that's without mentioning Konami's contributions to Arcade games which would be well worth revisiting in a compilation.
Some people lament the decline of the Japanese side of the industry compared to the West, but I believe much of it comes down to one simple thing: they stopped doing what made them giants back in the day and now seem to be resting all...or at least a hugely disproportionate amount of...their hopes to remain relevant (or even afloat) on a tiny handful of popular IPs. It's why Sega is even more frustrating as a longtime gamer, trotting out Sonic ad nauseum when they're sitting on a veritable mountain of incredible franchises they haven't touched in decades. Companies that do such things aren't seeking growth or profit as much as to stave off closure; it's a shame to see how far these once great companies that provided so many amazing memories for gamers have fallen.
@HolyGeez03 If there's one franchise Rocksteady should've handled, is the TMNT. I mean, Rocksteady's even a character!
@JoakimZ or a crazy idea that he made an army of metalheads
Cowabunga! I'm ready a for a AAA TMNT open world game made by Rocksteady in the vein of the Arkham games or upcoming Gotham Knights!
On the brawler/fighting game side, I'm also ready for a 3D Arena Fighter like PowerStone and/or 2D Fighters like DB FighterZ, MvC 2, Street Fighter 3rd Strike or X-Men: Mutant Academy.
... Wun can only hope.
Nah. Cowabunga Collection was all I needed.
A new TMNT 2D Metroidvania in the style of Symphony of the Night or Super Metroid would be awesome. Either that or just remake Radical Rescue, I'm surprise the hackers had not remake that game yet considering they remake that hedgehog lots of times, even Triple Troubles got a decent remake.
More Ninja Turtles?
Sure, I won't complain.
Eh… I don’t think we need a AAA Turtles game. TMNT games better known historically for their arcade roots and most deviations have been middling at best.
I hope they realize that the gaming demographics for Shredder's Revenge and The Cowabunga Collection may be quite a bit different than those for a "AAA" title based on the same franchise.
@Lizuka the Turtles have endured far more market saturation in the past.
Having a Mega Man 10 vibe here....
I’ll take an open world TMNT title, especially if it’s got vibes from the 80’s turtles, either cartoon ‘80s or comics… or a new rendition of them to match the new movie, provided the new approach is interesting. But seriously, the comics overall top most of the cartoons, and deserve more of a mention.
Just hand Rockstar the keys to the IP. I want to see what happens.
Make it a 3D game similar to a play style of the Arkham games (Out of the Shadows doesn’t count…yuck). Give it a compelling story, unique abilities for each turtle and an open world of New York City complete with a parkour and stealth system.
Highly wishful thinking but I can dream. The brawlers are fun but TMNT can be more than that.
As long as Dotemu makes it that is great news.
Absolutely wonderful. I guess I need to know more though 😉
@Wilforce Which is what everyone said about Batman, until Arkham Asylum, Spider-Man, until the PS4 title, etc.
@BoilerBroJoe fighting in NYC in broad daylight
I will buy it as long as it is based on any version of the Turtles other than Rise. The older the better.
@BoilerBroJoe That could work out.
@DragotheKomodo Nah, the new turtles look dumb. The true look is the old school look. But, to each its own.
As long as they keep using the old school look I'm all in. Always hated how the new show looks.
are they iconic? yes
do they look dumb? yes
are they among the worst fictional ninja's ever? yes
do the later incarnations do the last 2nd and 3rd points better? hard yes
@Sinton I get to your point, but fundamentally those games are the same as their predecessors. Nick/Paramount are not known for their high quality games, and many of the games have received middling scores to date. While they make amazing shows and franchises - I don’t believe their studio is equipped to produce a AAA title, but I would love to be proven wrong.
@Wilforce I don't believe the Batman and Spider-Man games on arcades, Commodore 64, NES, SNES etc. have much in common with the Arkham games or the new Spider-Man games. I do agree about Nick/Paramount though. I had high hopes when PlatinumGames were making a game, but it turned out to be one of their c studios creating it. But someone like Rocksteady would make a killing.
If it's as good as Shredder's Revenge, then I'm all in favor of a new TMNT game every year.
@Wilforce If you think about it, though, back in the 80s and 90s, the arcade was the more intensive platform to develop for; an arcade game was arguably the AAA target in terms of budget and tech. So another way to see it is that TMNT could be coming full circle.
That said, it's best to just forget this blurb was ever mentioned, and be pleasantly surprised (or disappointed) next year.
@farrgazer True… at this point all anyone can do is spin the tires - for all we know it could be a Metal Gear stealth clone that retells The Last Ronin.
I'm all for a new TMNT game. Shredder's Revenge is my game of the year pick so far and The Cowabunga Collection is awesome, love having all my favorite TMNT brawlers from the past on one card. Of course, I won't go overboard with hype until I know who the dev is and what style game they're going for.
@montrayjak I sure wish they'd put you in charge. Sounds like a great start to me.
I'm big TMNT fan, but also the first to admit, that most of the games over the years very pretty much meh to okay. Shredder's Revenge seems to be a peak effort, but then again - speaking only for myself - I am not super into sidescrollers, never have frankly.
My big gripe though is the focus on the 90s Wolf Cartoon. It is not my favourite incarnation of the heroes in a half-shell, not even close. I would love, LOVE to see IDW current TMNT universe being adopted into a AAA video game. If we could get Insomniac to do it, it would be pure gold for sure.
The 90s cartoon has been done to death, let's move on, nostalgia be damend. If it's not the IDW universe, again the abosolute TMNT peak so far for my money, I'd also take the 2003 or 2012 cartoons or the original Mirage comics as a basis over more 90s TMNT.
A good Rise of the TMNT game would be nice.
Please be a 2D platformer! I hate beat-'em-ups so much and it seems to be like the only genre TMNT ever get, with a handful of exceptions.
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